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Latest Sightings:

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

April 30, 2020

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a blue jay, a brown-headed cowbird, a northern flicker, a red-winged blackbird, and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Carolina Wren in Maynard

April 1, 2020

A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Bill Watt.
A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Bill Watt.

Bill Watt photographed this Carolina wren in Maynard.

Red Fox in Sudbury

April 1, 2020

A red fox in Sudbury, photographed by Chris Menge.
A red fox in Sudbury, photographed by Chris Menge.

Chris Menge photographed this red fox from his home in Sudbury.

Canada Geese in Sudbury

March 31, 2020

Canada geese on a trail in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.
Canada geese on a trail in Sudbury, photographed by Marie Rock.

Marie Rock recorded this video of two Canada geese on a trail in Sudbury.

Feeder Birds in Northborough

March 31, 2020

A black-capped chickadee in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A black-capped chickadee in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A house sparrow in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A house sparrow in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A northern cardinal in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A northern cardinal in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed a black-capped chickadee, a house sparrow, a northern cardinal, and a red-bellied woodpecker in Northborough.

Beaver in Marlborough

March 30, 2020

A beaver in Marlborough, photographed by Mike Ball.
A beaver in Marlborough, photographed by Mike Ball.
A beaver in Marlborough, photographed by Mike Ball.
A beaver in Marlborough, photographed by Mike Ball.

Mike Ball photographed this beaver crossing Raymond Road in Marlborough.

Canada Geese and Mallards in Marlborough

March 30, 2020

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these Canada geese and mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Herons and Cormorants in Southborough

March 30, 2020

A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed great blue herons and double-crested cormorants at their nests on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Brown-headed cowbird in Sudbury

March 28, 2020

A brown-headed cowbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A brown-headed cowbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A brown-headed cowbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A brown-headed cowbird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed these brown-headed cowbirds in Sudbury.

Tree Swallow in Maynard

March 28, 2020

Bill Watt recorded this video of a tree swallow in Maynard.

Eastern Comma in Marlborough

March 27, 2020

An eastern comma butterfly on the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
An eastern comma butterfly on the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
An eastern comma butterfly on the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
An eastern comma butterfly on the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed this eastern comma butterfly along the Boroughs Loop Trail in Marlborough.

Mallards and a Mute Swan in Northborough

March 26, 2020

Mallards at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed mallards and a nesting mute swan at Bartlett Pond in Northborough.

Woodpecker and Sparrow at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

March 26, 2020

A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a downy woodpecker and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Eastern Bluebird in Maynard

March 25, 2020

An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed this eastern bluebird in Maynard.

Great Blue Heron in Lincoln

March 25, 2020

A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

March 24, 2020

An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common raven at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common raven at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female red-winged blackbird and European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female red-winged blackbird and European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American robin, a black-capped chickadee, a common grackle, a house finch, a northern cardinal, a red-tailed hawk, a female red-winged blackbird along with European starlings, and a male red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds in Maynard

March 24, 2020

A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A common grackle in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A common grackle in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A tree swallow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A tree swallow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a Carolina wren, a common grackle, an eastern bluebird, and a tree swallow in Maynard.

Eastern Bluebirds in Wayland

March 24, 2020

An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed these eastern bluebirds in Wayland.

Great Blue Herons in Southborough

March 24, 2020

Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these nesting great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Mallard in Marlborough

March 24, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Squirrel and Chipmunk in Framingham

March 24, 2020

An eastern chipmunk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern chipmunk and a gray squirrel in Framingham.

Northern Cardinals in Sudbury

March 23, 2020

A pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury.

Red Squirrel in Lincoln

March 23, 2020

A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red squirrel in Lincoln.

Birds in Bolton

March 22, 2020

An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A red-tailed hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A red-tailed hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed an American goldfinch, a common raven, and a red-tailed hawk in Bolton.

Red-tailed Hawk preys on Snake in Framingham

March 21, 2020

A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

A red-tailed hawk with a snake it captured in Framingham.